My Must-Haves For a Day at the Beach

If you can’t tell from my posts already, I love summer. Escaping the craziness of NYC and relaxing on the beach with my family is one of my favorite weekend activities and I’m so glad it’s finally warm enough to go again. I love getting my summer glow on without the use of products (if you need a little help I outlined my favorite products for a summer glow here) and the beach is the perfect place to do that. Here is my list of must-haves for a day on the beach!


First things first, when you’re going to the beach, you have to have a tote to hold everything. I love this tote from Baggu because it’s canvas so it cleans easily and the zipper is perfect for keeping any unwanted sand out.

I also love straw totes for the beach because they are lightweight and can be easily cleaned. This one from the Gap is super cute and is large so it will hold all of your belongings and then some.




Sun protection is so important. It is also important to me to be kind to our environment which is why I have been loving Neutrogena’s Sheer Zinc Dry-Touch Sunscreen. Because it is zinc based, it is considered reef-safe which means you are protecting yourself and the environment from harmful chemicals.

I have also been using this Carmex lip balm for my beach days because it has SPF in it and lips are always something people forget needs sun protection too!

If I do get burnt though, I love the Mary Kay After Sun Replenishing Gel. It is so soothing on the skin and helps instantly with the pain of sunburns.

Beach Towels

Getting sand everywhere is inevitable at the beach. Personally, I don’t love laying on it. That’s why I have been loving these beach towels from The White Company. They’re huge and are great for the family to sprawl out on.

Cooler Filled with Snacks

No trip to the beach is complete without snacks. I always get so hungry on the beach so it’s key that I bring food with me. I found these cute coolers from Shopbop and they come in the shapes of a watermelon, lemon, and orange which I love. They also help my drinks stay cool and my food fresh.

For snacks, I always bring stuff that my whole family will love but will be relatively mess free. These RX bars are amazing and come in a variety of flavors, something for everyone in the family to enjoy. At my household, we have also been loving Whisps, they’re baked cheese crisps and taste SO GOOD.

For the adults, I have been loving Pura Still Water. It’s spiked flavored water and is incredibly light which is perfect for the beach. My favorite is the mango flavor!


What other essentials do you need at the beach?

xo, Olivia


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